On Eagle Pond

“Endurance is good,” opens Donald Hall’s “Daylilies on the Hill,” and this new edition of his essays proves that endure, he surely does. Collecting this former Laureate’s writings on Eagle Pond, the site of and source of much of his inspiration, allows readers a chance to experience him at his best. Included in their entirety are Seasons at Eagle Pond and Here at Eagle Pond, the poem “Daylilies on the Hill,” and many uncollected pieces. Here, readers can experience joy, sorrow, laughter, and more, all in one place, in both poetry and prose. In Seasons, he beautifully narrates the flow of one into then next, taking the good with the bad and moving on, knowing that the cycle always begins again. Approaching all facets of life with a sense of simplicity and love, Hall distills the human experience with a sense of humor that readers will return to again and again, each time learning something new.

Donald Hall is not only one of America’s greatest living poets and our former national Poet Laureate, but also among our most charming personal essayists. Hall approaches writing as he approaches life – with simplicity, affection, and a wry wit. He distills the human experience with a sense of humor that readers will return to again and again, each time learning something new. His work glows with the affection he holds for the land, the people, and the customs of rural New England, and especially for the small, New Hampshire dairy farm near Ragged Mountain he visited every summer as a child.

Thomas W. Nason studied at Tufts College but is generally considered a self-taught artist. His technical ability to capture mood and depth in his prints clearly demonstrates his mastery of the relief print technique. Nason was a member of the National Academy of Design in New York City; the National Institute of Arts and Letters in New York City; the Society of American Etchers; the Salmagundi Club in New York City; the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; the Chicago Society of Etcher; the Lyme Art Association in Lyme, CT; the Philadelphia Society of Etchers; and Associate member of the National Academy of Design in 1936. Nason’s exhibits and awards include a prize for best print at the Philadelphia Print Club in 1929 and 1930; a prize at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930; a prize at the Library of Congress in 1943 and 1945; a prize at the Society of American Etchers in 1935, 1938, and 1945; the City of Warsaw in Poland; a prize at the Woodcut Society of Kansas City in 1937; the Albany Printmakers Club in 1936; the Northwest Printmakers in 1933 and a prize in 1932.